East Feliciana Parish public schools celebrated the recent news that the district school performance scores improved from the 2013 report.

The Louisiana Department of Education released its 2014 school performance scores Oct. 21.

“The growth of East Feliciana Public Schools is the result of the hard work of students, teachers, staff and families from across our parish,” East Feliciana Superintendent Henderson Lewis Jr. said in a news release. “We are proud of our progress, but we also know that the best is yet to come for East Feliciana Public Schools. We are committed to continuing to put education first in our community as we build Louisiana’s premier rural school district.”

Clinton Elementary School, labeled last year as the district’s only F-grade school, raised its school performance score from a 42.1 to a 71.4, the release said.

That earned CES a C letter grade in the state’s latest ratings.

The improvement earned the school a Top Gains School designation, a distinction it shares with the Slaughter Community Charter School. SCCS earned a school performance score of 98.9, a 15.9-point growth that moved the school from a C to a B, the news release said.

“When I heard the news concerning our school performance score (SPS), I was ecstatic,” CES Principal Thelemese Porter said. “Last school year, we focused our attention on moving our students to the next level using a variety of assessments and model teaching. We adopted the theme ‘The Magic Happens Here,’ and students began to feel the magic as they tracked their progress after each benchmark test.

“Teachers focused instruction on specific areas of weakness, which is evident in our improved SPS. Students, parents and staffers worked hard and prayed often to achieve the level of success we have today. We are looking forward to raising the bar even higher for our students and teachers.”

The state Department of Education noted that 63 percent of parish students exceeded expectations in math, compared to 53 percent statewide.

At East Feliciana Middle School, 70 percent of students exceeded state expectations.